1. Lazy River Road (Garcia/Hunter) 6:01 2. Easy Answers (Hunter.Bralove/Weir/Welnick/Wasserman) 6:23 3. So Many Roads (Garcia/Hunter) 5:19 4. Wave To The Wind (Lesh/Hunter) 7:22 5. Eternity (Weir/Dixon) 7:20 6. The Days Between (Garcia/Hunter) 9:56 7. Way To Go Home (Welnick/Hunter/Bralove) 7:05 8. Corinna (Weir/Hart/Hunter) 9:33 9. Liberty (Garcia/Hunter) 6:00
History and linage: Julian Fowler September 2003
I obtained a cassette copy in the autum of the 1997 from a tree run on the rec.music.gdead newsgroup. In spite of the
numerous efforts to locate anything with a lower number of analog generations, I've not been able to discover anything
better than what I have now; nor does this material seem to circulate among DAT users or (until Now) CD traders.
I've therefore taken my casette copy and transferred it to the digital domain. The best guess that I have for the annalog
lineage is as follows:
live/rehearsal recordings (DAT and/or ADAT) > ? > cassette > at least one cassette generation > my cassette
I did the transfer using an AIWA AD-F850 tape deck, played directly into the inputs of a Yamaha DS-XG sound card.
I used CoolEdit 2000 v1.1 to do the initial analog > digital sampling, apply mild noise reduction (my source tape is
somewhat hissy, not surprising give the number of analog generations) and reduce the length of some of the
between-song gaps. I used CD Wav v1.73 to define track boundaries and mkwACT v0.97 to prepare a master
SHN disc (track boundaries verified using SHNtool.)
------Julian Fowler September 2003
From Rolling Stone, Apr 20, 1998
Although it's common knowledge that the Grateful Dead were in the midst of recording when Jerry Garcia died almost three
years ago, former keyboardist Vince Welnick shed more light on the unfinished album in a recent conversation with the Rolling
According to Welnick, the album was set to include such tour-tested songs as "Liberty," "So Many Roads," "Days Between,"
"Samba in the Rain," "Way To Go," "Corrina," and "Easy Answers," but Garcia passed away before the tracks could be
completed. "We had just about finished the basics when Jerry checked out," Welnick said. "It's a shame, because we spent
a lot of time in there."
Although the studio tapes from the Grateful Dead's would-be swan song are still around, Welnick doubts that the album can
be salvaged. "There weren't even working vocals on some of the songs. There was also very little guitar. If they wanted to make
something of it, they'd probably have to splice in something from one of the show tapes."
Grateful Dead spokesman Dennis McNally denied that anything will ever come of the album.
"Only [Grateful Dead guitarist] Bobby [Weir] ever thought that anything could be done, but it can't. Jerry didn't contribute to it.
Everyone else contributed to it, but Jerry just wasn't with it. There's not even a title, to my knowledge."
I added the text from Rolling Stone, which was originally in the form of a screen capture, and the shntool ouput
January 2, 2020 Subject:
some of this is very depressing to listen to.
most of it sounds so unfocused and terrible, no direction,
October 2, 2019 Subject:
Part of me is Glad...
... that this never was released. "Easy Answers", "Eternity", "Corrina" - these were, IMO, some of the weakest tunes the Dead ever performed. Then there is the godawful "Wave to the Wind," which might be the single lowest point in their storied and illustrious career... an absolute misfire on all points - (Hunter's ((R.I.P)) lowest point as well as Phil's.) _Built to Last_ is far from my favorite LP, but it looks like this one would have taken its spot at the bottom of my studio Dead album list.
That being said, I do love "Lazy River Road" and "So Many Roads." Perhaps if they would have just stuck to songs about roads...
Also, the sound quality is shaky at best. 2.5 stars for the Garcia/Hunter collabs, especially "LRR" and "SMR," and the novelty of it.
January 23, 2019 Subject:
....was the rumored name for the unfinished record...I agree, they could polish up these tracks, and so whether it's live, studio, or a Skull Fuck-esque amalgamation of the two, I think this material is pretty awesome when the tracks are listened to side by side...and, yes, Samba was a pretty rockin' tune, and should be on a final album of the Dead's, as should Childhood's End...either of those songs are at least as good as Easy-freaking-Answers.
These songs have gotten so much better with age, no doubt about it.
January 1, 2019 Subject:
This is really sweet! Too bad about the missing Samba in the Rain, which is one of my favorite Dead songs actually. I wonder what they would have called the album? Wave to the Wind, possibly?
April 17, 2018 Subject:
Last Original Music of The Grateful Dead
Here's what I have so far. None of them are perfect(It's live Dead they way we like it!), but they're all great versions.
1. Wave to the Wind 3-23-92
2. Eternity 3-5-94
3. Easy Answers 2-27-94
4. Childhood's End 9-24-94
5. Corinna 3-10-93
6. Liberty 6-26-93
I have been stuck on Samba for a long time. I'm afraid that Jerry never bothered to rehearse a solo for the jam at the end and I won't find a worthy candidate.
I haven't tackled Lazy,So Many Roads,and Way to Go as there are Soo many good versions. The best ones are waiting to be mined.
This version of Childhoods End is the best I think from the acoustic Berkley show. The Lazy river from the same show is pretty good too...
Anybody else out there got any leads? I've looked at Heady Version quite a bit but I find that people are just posting random versions without really listening to them all for comparison.
Unfortunately since we can't download soundboards anymore, I can only stream them and then the quality is compromised.
Thanks for any help
April 17, 2018 Subject:
Stillborn's Last Album Live
Hey stillborn, Glad to read you are searching out the best LIVE versions of the playlist for the Dead's unfinished studio album. I've been trying to do something similar, but can't seem to even get started. In addition to the 3/23/92 Wave to the Wind you suggested, any chance you might post your (current) picks for best versions of the rest? THANKS!
February 11, 2014 Subject:
Why don't they release a live album?
I've been wondering the title of this commentary along? Normally I only comment on shows I actually attended (and it is even a random strangeness which I won't bore you with, that I even noticed this in the first place but I'm sure glad I did); as well as even rarer do I correct the semi-clueless previous commenters!
It is interesting that this post includes the composing credits, as well as that Rolling Stone Magazine excerpt! Although it doesn't matter, but I knew that fellow Dennis McNally (not well through my ex-attorney) of whom I wonder if he ever published that book he would claim was an ongoing project about yes of course, you guessed it: Grateful Dead? Nevertheless, I hate to criticize since he usually knew what he was talking about bout here he seems to contradict himself! Moreover, it is also a bit strange what Vince mentioned within, being plausibly logical in terms of what was still left undone in terms of vocals and guitar, perhaps he s referring to the tunes from this era that aren't included here like for example one of his namely, "Samba in the Rain" or "Childhood's End" by Lesh, since this doesn't seem to apply to this batch?
As for the rest of you previous commenters, are mixed up (with the exception of the one who mentioned looking on some newsgroup), which was obvious (not to be egotistical about it) to me before I even started listening to this; that is to say yes it is definitely studio perhaps at Club Front in San Raphael (like in the past also on some New Year's Day) of which the year(s) escape me)? However, yes it is quite likely that this stuff is thus far as they got done without overdubbing, so could be called "live in the studio"! But no definitely not, as someone on wondered, one of those Dan Healy local F.M.'s (not intended to extend out farther than at whatever venue he used to do that in order to comply with the F.C.C. so as not to interfere with the permanent licensed station assigned to the given frequency he would use for that), since for one thing this is well after Healy had his unfortunate falling out as such no longer was their sound man!
January 4, 2014 Subject:
You're both right
Wave to the Wind with its unique backup singing and harmonies clearly represents a studio version. Although Jerry's getting all the words correctly might suggest the same for Days Between, if you listen carefully in quiet moments, you can hear background audience noise.
In any event, it is nice to have this compilation of some of the later songs and the quality is excellent.
August 8, 2013 Subject:
these are from the band's last attempts at recording an album of new material. A few of the selections appear on the So Many Roads box set.
January 24, 2013 Subject:
Live Tracks Mix
These are definitely live tracks. They sound like boards with the VU meter cranked right up through an FM board, or something. The sustained bass distortion generally drowns out the crowd noise, so they could easily be mistaken for crummy studio tapes. My guess is that these are those weird FM scanner recordings which began circulating shortly after the band went "all" digital in '92 and one could pick up the digi-feed to the board outside the venue. These are well chosen expressions of the tunes, though there's nothing epic. Many sound like 1993.
So what is this, exactly?
Was it compiled by somebody within the Dead family for possible release, or by a Deadhead (i.e. something anybody could do by picking favorite versions of post-Built to Last Dead songs)?
August 3, 2009 Subject:
not bad at all.
why not release this? this sounds pretty dang good to me. Jerry sounds excellent as does phil and Bobby.This is far superior to "build to last" in my opinion. It has a psychedelic edge to it,esp. with the backup vocals all spaced out. And also to my ears this is def studio work not show material at all but i could be wrong. It just doesnt sound like concert work.